With a supportive audience of family, friends, school administrators and members of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, student Ariella Ortega was the guest of honor at the prestigious Cardinal’s Circle dinner.
This was the 6th year for the Cardinals Circle event with includes a Mass and Dinner of Thanksgiving thank donors who join the circle. This circle supports the 13 Inner City Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. This mission of The Cardinal’s Circle is to make it possible for any family to send their children to these schools and to ensure that the schools maintain a standard of excellence in curriculum and staff.
“As a senior, I understand our Graduate at Graduation values are an important part of our school. It’s part of who we are and who I’ve grown to be. One characteristic that resounds with me is being Men and Women for Others, therefore, teaching students to become influential models to other people. Within our Cristo Rey Jesuit community, I have met several people, students, teachers, faculty and staff alike, who demonstrated this influence,” Ms. Ortega shared as the featured speaker.
Generous Circle donors commit to an annual gift of $5,000. This year there were more than 200 donor members. This year’s event was presided by Cardinal DiNardo with Archbishop Fiorenza, and Bishop Sheltz co-celebrating. 16 other priests from various parishes joined the ceremony.
Part of Ms. Ortega’s remarks were dedicated to the memory of Cristo Rey Jesuit Founding President Father TJ Martinez, SJ.
“His legacy continues to grow within our school especially with great leadership from his successor Mr. Paul Posoli who is joining us tonight. Fr. Martinez taught me and our community how strong love and service can be even through the most difficult situations of our lives. He believed in students like me who lacked the resources and opportunities to strive and be successful. And through it all, he kept his faith stronger than ever and remained happy, and this I felt because it radiated off him. Fr. Martinez was a man for others.”